Ed Roman is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer, and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 600 stations, worldwide. Ed is a 2014 Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, a 2014 and 2018 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a two-time 2015 IMEA Award nominee, a 2015 and 2016 Josie Show Awards winner, an Akademia Awards Winner, and a two-time Indie Music Channel Award winner. Ed won a 2017 Radio Music Award for Best Americana Artist. He is a December 2018 Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist. The animated music video for the title track from his latest album, “Red Omen” has been shown at numerous film festivals around the globe. Ed is also a gentleman farmer, gardener, and paranormal enthusiast. http://www.edroman.net
It’s been quite a year for Dallas r&b/soul/dance singer-songwriter Clayton Morgan. His critically acclaimed single, “Taste For Love” were released on June 29th, 2018. The remixes and official music video dropped on July 16th. Since then, the video has been named as an Indie Best Videos Festival Selection, and the single has been racking up airplay, charting on the Airplay Today charts. One of the remixes, “Taste For Love (Deep House Remix)” has topped the iTunes Canada Electronic Songs chart. The track reached the pole position on Thursday, September 13th, ahead of releases by Thom Yorke, Major Lazer, and FatBoy Slim. “Taste For Love (Deep House Remix)” https://open.spotify.com/track/5BZtTm9M27ElhZQ4ktE0YX?si=_xkwwBzNTkeJ-tcC6kVKmQ Hi follow-up single, “The Beat Is Calling Me” was released on November 12th, 2018. Once again, it immediately soared to the top of the iTunes Electronic chart. Clayton was a featured Emerging Artist in the November 10th issue of Billboard Magazine. A new single, “Good Love,” was released at the end of February. It charted at #2! ABOUT CLAYTON MORGAN: Based in Dallas, TX, Clayton Morgan released his critically acclaimed single, “Taste For Love” back in June. The son of Four Sonics member, Eddie Daniels, Morgan has proven to be one of the most original and talented new artists to come out of the area, this year. Music played a big role in Clayton Morgan’s upbringing, both at home and at school. Clayton was regularly part of school musicals, choir groupsand drama clubs. Outside of school, he always looked up to his father as his mentor and was also heavily influenced by a wide range of singers, including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince, Madonna and Whitney Houston, to name a few. All of these ingredients combined,have no doubt, been the main contributing factor toward Clayton’s unique and authentic vocal style.
Brady Novotny started playing the guitar at the age of 10. Determined to
be a world class guitarist, he left his first guitar lesson with his
instructor telling him basically to give it up now. Thus he was
introduced to criticism and disappointment early in his endeavor.
Nevertheless, Brady heard a guitar player that would motivate him to
push all that aside and re-energrize his passion to continue; that
guitar player was Randy Rhoads. Brady soon fell in love with classical
and melodic guitar playing. Brady practiced restlessly learning
everything from classical pieces, melodic and virtuosic solos from 80’s
guitar heroes, to jazz fusion.
Brady loved the guitar, and truly, that has been his passion. He
attended Berklee College of Music for a little time. At the age of 19,
he was asked to teach summer guitar workshop at Duquesne University. As
life often happens, however, Brady got burned out and went back to
school and received his masters in Psychology. Yep, that’s right —
Psychology. But the passion is back and stronger than ever, plus it
never hurts to have some money!
Brady set out to do an instrumental project that would have his
listeners singing the haunting melodies while holding their attention by
uniquely placed guitar virtuosity and dynamic rhythms creating a fusion
of rock, flamenco, and jazz. His love for a variety of musical styles
led him to study under many teachers in his life. Brady started out
playing Classical guitar at the age of 10. Ever since then, Brady has
had a strong affection for nylon string guitar sound. Ultimately, this
led him to study Flamenco guitar. He immediately fell in love with the
passion, virtuosity and rhythm of this style. The shred of the 80’s was
one of his main influences and guilty pleasures, while Jazz was a big
influence on Brady’s chordal choices and song color.
Brady has a wide range of experience in the music business. His
experience ranges from the Pittsburgh rock scene to national tours. He
has worked as a Pittsburgh session guitarist, Worship leader, and
guitarist at several mega churches. He has also taught guitar at clinics
His 2019 release with MTS Management Group/MTS Records is “Passions
Collide” featuring the lead single, “Redemption’s Cry.” The song,
featuring a hauntingly beautiful vocal from Brady’s wife, Jennifer, is
currently charting on the Airplay Today national radio charts.
Singer-Songwriter, Heather Whitney comes from an itty-bitty, one-red-light town deep in the pines of Southeast Texas, where the mosquitoes are big, but Heather’s love for music is bigger!
Heather’s debut album, “Moving On” is full of love, heartbreak, and moving on. This album is everything she has lived through, felt, and overcame, while in the studio. “Just because you’re working towards your dreams, doesn’t mean that the world stops spinning, and hardships won’t find you,” says Heather. “What gave me the strength to complete my album, was knowing that I was not alone, & that someone else out there would hear these songs, relate to them, and possibly gain some healing like I did. We have to stick together.”
Heather spent the last year flying back and forth from Newton, TX to Nashville, TN, writing, hand-picking songs for the album, and recording with producer, Buddy Hyatt. In 2018, she wrapped and released her first music video for her single “Shut Up And Dance” and her album “Moving On.” Heather’s video for “Shut Up and Dance” was a Jersey Shore Music and Film Festival and an Indie Best Films Festival Selection.
“Everyone who was a part of this project was there because of their belief in me, and I’m forever humbled and thankful for them and this experience. Everything that I put into this album will absolutely translate to the listener! Hope Y’all enjoy it!”
NEW SINGLE “What Part of Life,” written by Heather and produced by Buddy Hyatt, was released on September 8th, 2018. It reached the New Music Weekly, Airplay Today and IndieWorld country charts. It was among the most-downloaded tracks of 2018, according to CD Tex, a radio distribution site.
Everyone loves a good story about second chances, and that’s exactly what Bill Abernathy’s story is all about. The Kansas City, Missouri resident began writing songs in his early teens. He played all through his school years, but then he stopped…Life took over.
Bill went about getting married, building a business career, and raising his children. After his kids graduated from school and started their careers, Bill picked up the guitar again and began trying to rekindle his love of music.
“Inspiration for my music comes from a variety of the many parts of my life,” Bill says. “Events and experiences of mine, my family, my friends, and sometimes even people I have never met all, contribute to the creativity of my music. I find it interesting and rewarding to let my imagination wander through the memory and spirit of life events and see where it takes me.” Bill is a pure “lyrics-first” writer…a bit of a storyteller. “I feel the story and lyrics talk to me and tell me what the rest of the song is supposed to sound like,” he says. His last album, 2017’s “Find A Way” reached #5 on the Roots Music Report Traditional Folk Album chart, and the single, “Goodbye Will Never Come Again” reached #1 on the singles chart. Bill’s latest collection of songs, “Crossing Willow Creek” is available now, with the first single, “Cry Wolf” hitting radio airwaves around the globe. The single reached the iTunes Top 100 Rock Songs chart while hitting the Top 5 on New Music Weekly’s country chart. Bill is also a December 2018 Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist. “Sometimes life is good to you and gives you a second chance. In my youth, I walked away from music for a myriad of personal reasons. Now, I’ve now been given a second chance to pursue this thing we love called music, and I am really enjoying the ride!”
Multi award-winning hip-hop artist Jake Aldridge’s’ new single, Gullible is inspired by his new-found love of country music.
Released on January 6th, the song features guest vocals from BCMA Award winner Kezia Gill. It was produced by multi-instrumentalist Ben Haynes and artist RedNek, who has previously collaborated with the likes of Tinie Tempah.
Aldridge says: “I know this is a big change in direction for me, but since I’ve been exposed to country music, I’ve come to fall in love with its instrumentation, as well as the overall sound. I’m so excited for my fans to hear what I’m confident is my best song to date.”
Aldridge won Male Act of the Year at the 2018 International Achievers’ Awards, and received the Audience Choice Award at last year’s New Music Generator (NMG) Awards, at which he took more votes than 100 other artists. He described this as the proudest moment of his musical career to date.
The 30-year-old has played on US and UK network TV, including a documentary featuring Michelle Obama, and has been backed by BBC Introducing, who has played his tracks dozens of times, while his music has also aired on BBC Radio 6.
Aldridge was brought up in Reydon, Suffolk with two siblings, and was born to a Bangladeshi father and Canadian mother who met in Wimbledon. But Jake was just 11 when his father was killed after being struck by lightning during a family fishing trip, and this life-changing and defining event has informed much of his work since, for example, Aldridge’ 2011 single Heaven was about his father.
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30-year-old Jake Aldridge was born and raised in the village of Reydon, a small town in Suffolk, UK. Raised by his Canadian Mother & his Bangladeshi Father, who met each other in London when they were eleven years old, life was near on perfect for Jake. That all changed however, in August 1999 when during a family Fishing trip, Jake’s Father was tragically struck by lightning and sadly passed away. Jake was just 11 years old.
Struggling to come to terms with the loss of his Father, Jake was itching for ways to express himself. He took comfort in writing his thoughts down on paper. To begin with, his notes were in the form of a diary but he soon began rhyming the words he was writing. In time, his diary was transformed into a book of poems.
Inspired by ‘Rap’ Music, Jake’s method of performing these rhymes seemed like an easy choice to make. He knew nothing about Music Production and purchased a desktop microphone for £12 and used a sock to act as a Pop Shield. The wide-eyed teen had dreams of being as big as Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, and other Rappers he was inspired by. There was only ONE problem…. Jake couldn’t rap in time with the music…..
“Despite being a confident lyricist, I couldn’t feel the music in those early days… I couldn’t even nod my head to a Drumbeat”.
With practice and lots of help from his friends, Jake eventually started to feel the music. He began posting Music Videos online and was starting to build a small fan base. After establishing new relationships, and initiating collaborations with music Producers from all around the world, his tracks received airplay on dozens of BBC Introducing shows.
“I Remember telling my housemates that I’d heard back from the Director of Playboy TV, they didn’t believe me!”.
Seeking new ways to gain exposure for his Music, Jake came into contact with Phil Barry, the Managing Director of Playboy TV. Phil loved Jake’s music and enjoyed his originality. To the amazement of Jake and his friends, two of his songs ended up in regular rotation Play Boy’s Sky television channel. This was a huge milestone for Jake, who just a few years prior, couldn’t even tap his foot in time with a metronome.
Eager to continue climbing the musical ranks, Jake was striving for international recognition and decided to enter one of his songs into a ‘feature’ competition held by the Chicago Music Blog – ‘Daily Hip Hop Jamz’. He received more votes than any other Artist and in doing so, became the first artist outside of the U.S to ever win the competition. He later released a single titled ‘Illogical’, which went to #1 on South African based Zone Radio’s top 40 chart. As his music continued to circulate, Jake’s song ‘Fireman’, sparked interest from media company ‘Sound Net’, who distributed it to 2,000 Bars, Clubs and Hotels via their Jukebox.
Jake’s Music later fell into the hands of Maria Kempinska, the founder of Record Label ‘DingWalls Music’ and discoverer of Ellie Goulding. Maria invited Jake to perform in a Showcase at the Hippodrome in London Leicester Square. Jake was thrilled to have the opportunity of standing on the last stage that music legend Prince, ever performed on. The Showcase was hosted by Billie Laurie, an award winning Music Producer who is known for his work with Sir Paul McCartney, The Bee Gees & Tina Turner. Billie said that Jake “definitely has hit songs”. The gig was also televised, marking Jake’s first ever appearance on Sky TV.
“I felt like I was at the Brit Awards, my hand went over my mouth when my name was called”.
In September 2017, Jake was nominated for a New Music Generator Award by Cambridge 105 FM. The Awards ceremony took place at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge. Jake won the ‘Audience Choice’ award, receiving more votes than109 other talented Artist’s from East Anglia, a win which marked the proudest moment of his music career and a testament to his loyal fan base.
In 2018, Jake won ‘Male Act Of The Year’ at the International Achievers Awards and later had his music licensed by Road Trip Nation, a TV series based in the U.S. The new series is titled ‘Setting Course’ and even features an interview with Michelle Obama. Jake is now teaming up with Music Producer ‘Rednek’, who has worked with many successful Artist’s in the past, including Tinie Tempah.
ABOUT JAMES LEE BAKER: A classically trained musician, James Lee Baker fuses influences from acoustic singer-songwriters like David Mead, Ellis Paul, John Gorka, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bob Dylan, and Slaid Cleaves. He embraces open tunings to create an unconventional but welcoming sound and timbre to his playing. Trained briefly by Richard Gilewitz, a renowned fingerstyle guitar player, James Lee’s fingerstyle guitar playing is rich and melodic, pulling listeners into memorable motifs and atmospheres. James is a Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist with a Top 15 Roots Music Report chart hit, “Cowtown Blues.”
Neil Fitzsimon, the songwriter, and Bee Brogan, the vocalist, aim to produce “Pure Pop For Now People.” Preferring to remain faceless in an industry that holds image in high regard, the pair have gone on to form a songwriting/production partnership that led to placement of their songs in Film and TV, including a USA Sci-Fi Feature Film. They also wrote a musical, Jack Dagger, which was showcased at the Greenwich Theatre, London for the Musical Futures Award. It was also showcased at the Bridewell and the Royal College of Music in London.
Recently, the duo had a track reach number 3 on a French national download chart. Their song, “This Is Love” earned the duo Semi-Finalist status in the Eurovision Contest. Their lyric videos for “Big Blue World” and “Girl in a Gilded Cage” both reached #2 on the Beat100.com World Videos chart, for which they were recognized by the Indie Music Hall of Fame. The latter reached #1 on the Belgium iTunes singles sales charts. The Billboard Magazine Emerging Artists have been featured on the NBC Radio and Westwood One Radio networks. They’ve recently recorded tracks with longtime David Bowie drummer, Woody Woodmansey.
Across The Board is an award-winning Canadian rock band from Toronto, Ontario. Formed in 2013, Across The Board quickly gained popularity with their YouTube cover series Pick Up and Play (now with over 600 videos on YouTube), imprinting their unique and innovative musical style and videography on both contemporary and classic rock songs while featuring other local artists as guests. Across The Board includes founding members Jacqueline Auguste (lead vocals/lead guitar) and Andy Ramjatten (guitar/percussion), with supporting members Martin Heller (keyboards), Ryan Sousa (drums), Ben Healey (guitar), Tasha Henry and Shezelle Weekes (backing vocals). Across The Board’s debut album, Jane On Fire was released in 2016 to critical acclaim with their second record and EP, Amends, following in 2017. 2018 brought along their third record and album, Sonic Boom. Sonic Boom has achieved two gold medal Global Music Awards, while also receiving nominations for four Josie Music Awards. Across The Board is a recipient of the Indie Music Hall of Fame and the title track off Sonic Boom reached #4 on the Canadian iTunes Rock Charts in September 2018.
Across The Board – It Shouldn’t Be This Hard ( Official Music Video )
Across The Board (ATB) is an award-winning Canadian pop-rock band of multi-instrumentalist musicians with over 550 Youtube videos, debut album, a concept EP and now a second full length album, SONIC BOOM, who seamlessly combine creative talents to push their pop-rock sounds to the edge of the rock ‘n roll envelope with harmonious power vocals and catchy electric guitar riffs. Forged from garage jams and basement Youtube sessions, “Across The Board” finally broke out of the internet box with their debut album “Jane On Fire” in 2016. A collection of rootsie rock and pop-rock beats, “Jane On Fire” earned ATB critical acclaim for the single “Indifference” which also became their first track to hit the FM radio waves and launch them to a number one spot on the Reverbnation charts in Canada for pop/rock as well as winning them several indie music awards.
ATB is an Indie Music Hall of Fame recipient for hitting #4 on the iTunes Canada Rock Charts with their newest release SONIC BOOM- ATB wins two global music award gold medals and 4 Josie Music Award nominations for the record.
With over 550 music videos, three albums and sold-out tours across the country, Across The Board has gained a global following. The recipient of several independent music awards including the Indie Music Hall of Fame, Across The Board, has online and terrestrial radio airplay and reached #4 on the Canadian iTunes Rock Charts with the title track of their album, Sonic Boom. Across The Board will be performing at Indie Week Canada on November 7th at 10:00 p.m. at The Hideout Toronto, Nov 17th at the International Pop Overthrow at This Ain’t Hollywood in Hamilton, Nov 25th at the Movember Musical Marathon at The Rhapsody Barrel Bar in Kitchener, and then on Dec 1, at The Hideout in Toronto for the homecoming show of their SONIC AWAKENING TOUR. ATB will be taking to the rails Dec 28th through Jan8th as the Artists On Board celebrating NEW YEAR’s on Via Rail’s Flagship Train “The Canadian” traveling from Toronto to Vancouver and back with a show in Vancouver on Jan 4th.
ATB was featured at Canadian Music Week in April of 2017, premiered at Indie Week in Toronto in 2017 and again in 2018, and toured across Canada as part of the “Artist On Board” with Via Rail in the summer of 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. ATB also toured Newfoundland and Vancouver in the summer of 2017 with their EP AMENDS and will be touring Canada again this summer with their newest full-length album SONIC BOOM. 2018 will mark their second Canadian coast to coast tour commencing Jan 4th in Vancouver and moving across to the east coast via planes, trains and automobiles!
Written by Jacqueline Auguste Produced & Recorded in Toronto by Darnell Toth & Matt Makarenko of MC2 Music Media.